Founded by Laramie native Anne Mason, Relative Theatrics has been bringing live theatre to South East Wyoming since the summer of 2013. Relative Theatrics strives to present thought-provoking theatre that examines the joining qualities of the human race. Taking artistic risk, we provide a community gathering place where thoughts can be exchanged about society, culture, and the power of creativity.
This campaign hopes to raise funds to cover production costs for our fall play SPEECH & DEBATE, a quirky new comedy by Stephen Karam. SPEECH & DEBATE tells the tale of three exuberant high school students coming together to make their voices heard.
Countless hours of volunteer time are devoted to production planning, designing, building sets, collecting props and costumes, marketing, rehearsals, and performances. The artists do this at a professional level because of their commitment to their craft but they do not receive professional compensation. The average budget for a Relative Theatrics production is about $2000 per play. In the past, ticket sales and donations have covered the basic costs of putting on the play without payments for the actors, designers, production assistants and other theatre artists. It is our hope to raise enough funds so that the contributions along with ticket sales can cover basic production costs and a little compensation for these hard-working individuals.
What We Need & What You Get
The proposed budget for the play is $2000 which includes $350 for performance rights, $500 for performance space rental fees, $150 for programs and posters, $500 for sets, costumes and props, and $500 for artist compensation.
Perks for contributing include social media shout-outs, comp tickets, signed posters, thank you messages from the cast, and more!
We've chosen the flexible funding option so that all donations will be used to raise the curtain on our fall production.
The goal of Relative Theatrics is to bring newer thought-provoking plays to the Laramie community and our chat-backs after the shows provide a place where people can discuss social issues. We are proud to make our home in the Gryphon Theatre which is a gathering place used for many community events. We provide opportunities for students and community members to be involved in professional-quality theatre. This will be our fourth production and each one has gained in production value and number of people involved. Our audience base is growing and people are talking about our shows.
Risks & Challenges
We take pride in using the best methods for telling a story. The production costs go toward bringing the designers' visions to life. If our fundraising goals fall short, our challenge will be to find ways to cut the budget which will compromise those visions. We would do things like search closets and garages for passable costumes, props and set pieces rather than utilizing the best items possible for bringing the script to life.
The play will be produced even if our fundraising goals are not met. The show must go on!!!
Other Ways You Can Help
If you are unable to contribute at this time, please spread the word. Raising awareness for our project is very important and much appreciated. Tell your friends, share it on Facebook, email, Twitter, good old word of mouth. And mark your calendars for SPEECH & DEBATE on August 29th and 30th and September 5th and 6th at the LPCC Gryphon Theatre!